This Tortellini Al Forno features stuffed tortellini tossed in a rich and creamy garlic cheese sauce and topped with crumbled bacon.
That’s right. I want to go there with the hubs, get a Giant Olive Garden Salad to my face, and order some Tortellini Al Forno already. But my cute little squishy face toddler doesn’t like sitting still for very long and I don’t think my fellow Olive Garden-ers would appreciate her newest game of showing the world how loud she can scream, or how she can sing “E-I-E-I-O” over and over again (I never should have introduced her to Old MacDonald.) It’s okay though. I can make this at home and guess what? It tastes even better than the restaurant version. I kid you not.
This Tortellini Al Forno is loaded with stuffed tortellini tossed in a rich and creamy garlic cheese sauce and topped with crumbled bacon.
- US CUSTOMARY – METRIC
- 20 oz. refrigerated Tortellini, (I like “Giovanni Rana” brand, and I prefer cheese stuffed!)
- 6 slices bacon, uncooked
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 pint half and half, (equivalent to 2 cups), you can sub whole milk.
- Salt/pepper, to taste
- ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup Parmesan, shredded
- ¼ Asiago cheese, shredded (can also use more Parmesan instead)
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ¾ cup spinach, finely shredded (optional)
- Use kitchen shears to cut the bacon into 2-3 inch pieces so that they equally cover the pan and cook evenly.
- In a large skillet, (preferably cast iron), cook the bacon slowly on low heat. *Low and slow is best for bacon*.
- Once the bacon is nearly cooked and crisp on each side, cook the tortellini in a large pot according to package instructions. Set aside.
- Remove the cooked bacon from the pan, set aside to cool, and leave 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan. Keep the heat on low and add the garlic to the pan, cooking for about one minute.
- Increase the heat to medium. Gradually whisk in the flour, stirring constantly, until all flour is incorporated and the grease has thickened.
- Gradually add the half and half (keep stirring). Bring the mixture to a boil and add the salt/pepper and Italian seasoning. Reduce the heat back to low and stir for about 2 more minutes.
- Add the Parmesan, Asiago, and mozzarella cheeses. Stir until well incorporated and thick. Toss in the spinach and the Tortellini and use a rubber spatula to carefully incorporate it into the sauce.
- Once the spinach has wilted (about 1 minute), turn off the heat. Crumble the cooled bacon into smaller pieces and sprinkle over the Tortellini. Serve and enjoy!
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